December 2, 2019

Obon or Bon is a Japanese Buddhist festival held twice a year once in the fall and again in the spring.  It is a three-day remembrance of one's ancestors as a way to bring people together in family reunions. 

In our Zen Order, "Mokurai" or Silent Thunder, our Sangh...

November 28, 2019

To be full requires giving. This seems simple enough. It is, in fact, letting go and is as simple as breathing and as important. This welling-up of gratitude comes at different times and in different ways. It may be wonderstruck by a baby and breaking-out in baby-talk:...

November 25, 2019

There is a wonderful chapter in The Kyosaku, the first book of Matsuoka-Roshi edited by Taiun Elliston-Roshi, entitled The Purpose of a Zen Life. On page 35. Matsuoka-Roshi writes:

" Zen...speaks heart to heart...(and) is found in simple lives and silence."...

November 18, 2019

On November 16, 2019, the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha (FSZS) had a full day. It began 6:00 AM in preparation for a half-day retreat or Zazenkai. This retreat focused on Sangha or the harmony of our congregation, the third of the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha...

November 11, 2019

Zen practitioners are people of the vow. Being so, we are always vowing.

Jukai is made up of ju, “receiving/granting,” and kai, “precepts.” At a deeper level, ju means to open a space within the core of our being to what is natural and true. It is, perhaps, more like “m...

November 4, 2019

TIS Zen season for the next six weeks. For the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha (FSZS), it begins in November when we celebrate Founders' Month. Eighty years ago, our Founder Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka-Roshi came to America. He and his student and my teacher, Taiun Elliston-Roshi,...

October 21, 2019

The word karma has a following among folks who think it is inevitable going around and coming around. Next to the word Zen, Karma is a close second in being used one way in our vow of practice as Buddhist, and another by people who have a passing sense of interconnecti...

October 14, 2019